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  • Colour inheritance in the Gouldian Finch: A breeder’s guide – Article by Gustav Schellack With photographs courtesy of Marek Buranský

    Introduction The Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) is a truly remarkable avicultural subject. It is viewed by many enthusiasts as one of the icons of modern-day aviculture, and its breathtaking beauty and stunning polymorphism (see head colour inheritance) has made it a firm favourite with bird keepers the world over. The Gouldian Finch has been known […]
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  • Treating Gizzard Worms and Tapeworms in Finches

      Panacur 25” (was Panacur 2.5) is a worm drench that was originally made by Hoechst, which is now Coopers Animal Health, a division of Intervet Australia P/L. The active ingredient is Fenbendazole, at 25 gms/litre strength. “Panacur 25” is marketed mainly for sheep, and is sold in one litre containers. Panacur is still my […]
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  • The Reeve’s Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii)

    The Reeve’s Pheasant is a beautiful large pheasant which is endemic to China. Although it may not boast the blues and greens we may see in other pheasants, it still has to be one of the most eyecatching and beautiful pheasants around today. They occur naturally in the evergreen forests of central China and northern […]
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  • Lineolated Parakeets (Bolborhynchus lineola lineola)

    The Lineolated Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola lineola) is a parrot 16 to 17cm long with an average weight of 50g. This is a bird whose dominant colour is green, decorated by black mottles. It is found in southern parts of Mexico, in all the states in Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and they can be found […]
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  • The Owl Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) – article compiled by: Avizandum

      These beautiful Australian finches, which are also commonly referred to as Bicheno Finches, are fairly common in South African aviaries and are a popular finch for many reasons. The Owl Finch’s native habitat is Australia, particularly the woodlands, grasslands, and scrublands, though they can be found in city parks as well. They travel in […]
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  • Agapornis pullaria. By Henk de Jonge

    In January 2010, I was offered a couple of wild caught Agapornis pullaria. Before purchasing the birds I quickly did some research in Dirk van den Abeele’s book. He states that of the wild caught pullarias usually up to 95% die. This is according to the experience of breeders/fanciers who have wild caught, imported pullarias. […]
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  • Ruppell’s Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii)

    By Dries Louw The Rüppell’s Parrot is endemic to northern-western Namibia and south-western Angola. It is usually found in dry woodland where it utilizes the tall trees along the dry river-beds. It is apparently dependent on large trees such as baobabs etc. in its distribution area where it occurs in small flocks. Because of the […]
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  • Mini Macaws

    Being smaller and some species easer to breed, they are much more affordable for the hobbyist. Be warned, however, they may be smaller than the large macaws but they still have very loud voices! As in the article on the larger macaws I am only going to deal with the four species and subspecies that […]
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  • HYACINTH MACAWS (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

    By David Dennison Some of our new readers have asked for information on the Hyacinth Macaw. One can understand why, because it’s such a spectacular bird. It is the largest of all living parrots at 100cm. long, but it is not the heaviest, that honour goes to the flightless Kakapo from New Zealand. Seeing these […]
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  • Considering the Egg Shell

    By Russ Gillie When I first started trying to breed Gouldians, way back in 1980, I did not have much success, until a good friend, Arthur Dare, told me that I could forget about breeding them without egg shells. Obviously there are many other factors that can affect breeding these birds, for example cleanliness, water, […]
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